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All WCHS sports should have a junior varsity team

All WCHS sports should have a junior varsity team

By Julia Lescht, Online Editor-in-Chief

November 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

This year, WCHS swim and dive coach Christopher Tappis decided to add a junior varsity (JV) swim team. Traditionally, swim and dive was one of WCHS’ few sports that did not have both varsity and JV teams. This change should encourage the rest of WCHS athletics to add a JV team if their sport does not...

Athlete of the Month: November 2018

Athlete of the Month: November 2018

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

November 21, 2018


Filed under Athlete of the Month, Fall, Sports, Top Stories

Senior Jane Olcott led the varsity girls soccer team to a 10-4 record and to a MPSSAA sectional final by remaining focused and ready to tackle any challenges during the season. Olcott is the girls varsity soccer team captain and has already committed to Villanova University. Olcott started playing...

MCPS considers extending spring break

By Bradley Furgerson, Features Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Local, News, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Following student and staff input in relation to which holidays the most students are absent, MCPS is considering two proposals for the 2019-2020 calendar. Both have 182 days of instruction, which is two days over the 180 state-mandated number of school days, start on Sep. 3, 2019 and end on June 15, 2020....

Instagram account mocks poor WCHS parking jobs

Instagram account mocks poor WCHS parking jobs

By Emma Chen, Assistant Observaions Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Observations, Top Stories

“Just back up to the car behind you. You can do it. I believe in you,” reads the caption the Instagram account @churchillshi**yparkers posted Sept. 24, for the first time. Pictured were two examples of cars parked in front of WCHS that left too much room while parallel parking, effectively ru...

Hockey hopes to win fifth consecutive championship

Hockey hopes to win fifth consecutive championship

By Brandon Li, Copy Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Not one, not two, not three, but four state championship titles, back to back to back to back years. With the season already underway, WCHS varsity ice hockey looks to add one more title. After winning a record-setting four- straight Md. state championships, the team hopes to break their own record...

Field hockey secures regional championship

Field hockey secures regional championship

By Eli Gordon, Sports Editor

November 21, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports, Top Stories

The WCHS field hockey team is off to a strong start, winning their first 11 games and advancing to the state semifinals for another four games. Despite losing six seniors this year, the team has come together and is looking to improve on last year’s playoff run. “Our biggest strength is our...

Students ride their way to equestrian success

Students ride their way to equestrian success

By Benjamin Pham, Advertising and Subscriptions Manager

November 20, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

When people are asked to name a sport, they usually mention football, soccer, basketball or baseball; they are not wrong. However, what people forget to mention is horseback riding. For senior Courtney Stefan and junior Maddie Kupinsky, horseback riding is something they know like the back of their...

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

Kavanaugh trial has lasting implications on teens

By Nora Holland, Opinions Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under National, News, Top Stories

President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s place as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court July 9. Soon after, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote Senator Dianne Feinstein a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her. These two events led to an dramatic pair of testimonies...

New bill lowers college cost

New bill lowers college cost

By Fatima Yazdi, Features Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under News, Top Stories

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed into law a bill which makes community colleges in the state of Maryland tuition-free for qualifying residents. The legislation will create a $15 million program to provide scholarships for up to 5,000 students from families that earn less than $125,000 a...

Girls cross county runs toward successful end to the season

Girls cross county runs toward successful end to the season

By Jordyn Green, Assistant Online Editor

November 20, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports, Top Stories

WCHS girls cross country is not only running the show; they’re also running their division, going undefeated this season. The team used a renewed focus and dedication to conquer the five-team division after not winning a division in three years. “We stayed focused during workouts and pushed...

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

Potential protest reform laws could limit student activism

By Sophie Liss, Editor-in-Chief

November 20, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

A proposal introduced in Aug. suggested that the National Park Service (NPS) should require protestors to reimburse the agency for the support and security it provides during demonstrations. In addition, other proposals would limit the amount of people that can protest and the areas they are allowed ...

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

WCHS confronts multiple circumstances of hate

By Jenna Greenzaid and Sophie Liss

November 19, 2018


Filed under News, School, Top Stories

After recent incidents at WCHS in which anti-semitic symbols were drawn on school property and a shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, WCHS has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to introduce new forums where students can discuss their thoughts on hate within the MCPS community. Each...

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